Sep 11, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) is sacked by Tulsa Golden Hurricane defensive lineman Cullen Wick (91) as defensive lineman Jaxon Player (90) moves in during the second quarter  at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

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Long kickoff return helps Oklahoma State edge Tulsa

L.D. Brown returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and Spencer Sanders completed two scoring passes in host Oklahoma State’s 28-23 win Saturday against Tulsa in Stillwater, Okla.

Sanders, who missed last week’s season-opening win over Missouri State because he was in COVID-19 quarantine, completed 15 of 26 passes for 173 yards with one interception for the Cowboys (2-0).

After Tulsa’s 87-yard drive stalled and Zack Long made a 20-yard field goal to give the Golden Hurricane (0-2) a 17-14 lead with 10:56 left in the fourth quarter, Brown found a wedge in the middle of the field and returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.

The score gave Oklahoma State a 21-17 lead with 10:41 left.

It is the longest kickoff return for a touchdown for the Cowboys since Tyreek Hill’s 99-yard return against Kansas in 2014.

Sanders engineered a touchdown drive in the next possession that included his 37-yard run. Jaylen Warren finished the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run that put the Cowboys up 28-17 with 4:59 remaining.

Tulsa then went 75 yards on seven plays capped by Anthony Watkins’ 4-yard touchdown run with 3:06 left. Davis Brin’s two-point conversion pass was incomplete and Tulsa trailed 28-23.

Brin completed 19 of 27 pass attempts for 224 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Sanders completed a touchdown pass and also threw a pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown for the only scoring in the first half.

Each team had four possessions that resulted in a punt before Sanders engineered an eight-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Bray with 4:05 left in the second quarter.

On the second play of Oklahoma State’s next possession, Sanders threw an interception that was returned 55 yards for a touchdown by Justin Wright with 1:44 left before halftime.

The Golden Hurricanes’ offense put together its first touchdown drive that resulted in Deneric Prince’s 3-yard scoring run with 5:37 left in the third quarter.

Oklahoma State tied the game at 14 on the first play of the fourth quarter when Sanders completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Green. That play culminated a 13-play, 76-yard possession.

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